Creating a Children Garden



I know we’ve all done it.  You pinned an image on Pinterest – http://pinterest.com/lilhomesteader/ and thought to yourself,

“Self – you are going to do that awesome craft/activity/recipe/diet/homeschooling-thing this week!  That is just too cool to forget about.  I just can’t live another day without doing that!”

And then, lo and behold, the week ends, a new week begins and that lovely little Pinterest image moves further and further down your feed and eventually, that little project joins up with the zillions of other pinned images that you never get to.



Well friends, if this is you, you are not alone.  In fact, if this is you, then you are in the right place and you’re reading the blog of a chronic “pinner-but-never-doer.”

So, now you ask, what does this have to do with the title of this post – Creating a Children’s Garden?  Well, you see, I’ve pinned every manner of image related to children’s gardens.  I’ve had the best intentions for creating one – a lovely little place for my toddlers to play in the dirt and pick flowers without mom’s watchful eye and gentle reminder to not touch and pick things.  And you see, folks, after all this time, we finally did it.  We created a sweet little space for the kids (and apparently the chickens) to play and dig and pick to their heart’s content.



Yes, there is weeding to be done and the beans still need planting.  Don’t rub it in.

We started by placing some edging stones in a semicircle to mark an area to make the garden.  We picked up a load of compost and dumped a bunch of it in the semicircle.  Then I placed some stepping stones in the garden that would allow the kids to walk around without trampling TOO much stuff (but then again, it IS their garden and if they want to trample, mama’s just gonna have to be ok with that).

Then I went to Home Depot and picked up a couple of flats of cheap bedding flowers (some petunias in this case).  I showed the kids how to plant them and let them go at it.  Again, I turned off my “perfectionist” radar and let them do it their own way.  We also added some sunflower and squash seedlings that I had left over from the spring garden.



We added in a “tee pee” to grow yard long beans on during the hot, hot Arizona summer.

Olive used her little broom to sweep the stones.



The chickens checked out the new garden. 

Finally, we pained a portion of the fence in a rainbow pattern to add a little interest and fun to the area.

In the future I hope to:



1.  Add an outdoor chalkboard by painting a large board with chalkboard paint and leaning it up against the block wall fence.
2.  Add a “pounding” table – Perhaps a small wooden table that the kids can bang nails into with a small hammer.
3. Large river rocks that we paint and decorate with the letters of the alphabet – http://pinterest.com/pin/232850243203377598/ .  (I also think that these strawberry rocks – http://pinterest.com/pin/232850243206547884/ are absolutely ADORABLE.)

Other Resources:

  • Gretchen, from The Backyard Farming Connection, posted  this – http://www.backyardfarmingconnection.com/2013/01/planning-childrens-garden.html  great article in January about planning her children’s garden.  I need to take a few pointers from her.  
  • Isis, from Little Mountain Haven, posted  an article – http://littlemountainhaven.blogspot.ca/2013/05/gardening-with-children.html  recently about how to garden with children. 
  • This – http://www.architectureartdesigns.com/30-diy-ways-to-make-your-backyard-awesome-this-summer/  article on 30 Ways to Make Your Backyard Awesome This Summer is a great one. 
  • These – http://pinterest.com/pin/232850243204572737/  hopscotch stepping stones would be perfect.  I think I might have to do this. 
  • If you want to a birdbath, this – http://pinterest.com/pin/232850243204081119/ one would be fun to make. 
Books and Tools:
  • A Child’s Garden: 60 Ideas to Make Any Garden Come Alive for Children (Archetype Press Books) – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0881928437/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0881928437&linkCode=as2&tag=fivelitthome-20
  • House Of Marbles Children’s Garden Tool Set – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003B8TB9E/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B003B8TB9E&linkCode=as2&tag=fivelitthome-20
  • Kids Garden Tools Kids Wheelbarrow – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0052X8N0O/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0052X8N0O&linkCode=as2&tag=fivelitthome-20
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